Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Hersonissos

4.7
#1 of 10 in Zoos & Aquariums in Greece
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
Discover the wild side of Crete at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, which displays both local sea life and exotic reptiles. Founded in 1995, this natural history museum provides a safe home for animals injured in the wild, as well as unwanted pets. The aquarium features 15 tanks, two pools, and several terrariums which serve as recreated natural habitats for various species of snakes, sea turtles, frogs, lizards, and fish. You can have your picture taken with most of these wild animals, or learn about their feeding and breeding habits from the staff. Join a daily guided tour to gain insight into the local efforts to protect and care for Crete's native wildlife. See Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre and all Hersonissos has to offer by arranging your trip with our Hersonissos trip itinerary maker.
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  • We spent an hour friendly to observe different aquariums, but above all, chameleons, turtles and reptiles snakes children were able to approach them. My husband was able to wear them. The staff are friendly and try to reassure children, children were able to give a piece of banana fish. A small aquarium to the former which allows to make donations for the protection of animals.
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  • My partner and I spent a morning here during our recent trip to Hersonissos and it was the highlight of my holiday. The staff are all super friendly and knowlegable about the animals and their needs i...  more »
  • Small aquarium without great average but very welcoming: the staff is available for explanations and aquatic species are all well known (even in french!). The 3 small pieces of aquarium adds a little middleschool where we can touch and hug, snakes, lizards... ... It's nice! Again, the staff is very friendly and gives you confidence! Output of one hour on average.
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  • The place is totally gorgeous. It's not quite roomy, but the expo is worth the visit. Very domestic atmosphere. You can hold a few snakes and reptiles as well as take a photo. The founder said the place is up for 22 years already. The staff is very heartwarming and open. Beware of the big tortoises as they may cut off any finger they will be served ;-)
  • It may not look like much from the outside, but this place is amazing. It displays lots of rescued and found animals and you can get up close and personal with them. Really great fun and interesting. John and his wife who run the place as well as their staff are very friendly and will tell you all about what you see. Well worth the money and highly recommended.
  • Nice little place. The man there is very happy to have you interact with the animals. Beware this is 1hour max
  • From the outside inconspicuous, from the inside small - but incredibly warm and the direct contact with the animals (snakes, iguanas, ...) is impressive and exciting. We came with our 3 children (5, 6 and 8 yrs old) and stayed for 3 hours, because they just could not go any more! For families absolutely recommendable and you also support a good purpose, as well as informative and very friendly staff incl. owner.
  • Nice small aquarium, got to hold some reptiles and see a sea turtle up close (the only reason it's there is because it is blind and would not survive in the wild) plus a few other tanks with interesting fish in.

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Where to stay in Hersonissos

As one of Crete's top destinations, Hersonissos offers lodging options ranging from budget-friendly inns to luxurious private villas, with nearly everything else in between. The area's five-star hotels come at a steep price, but reward you with elegant rooms and sweeping views of the sea, as well as access to private beaches, fitness facilities, and fine restaurants. An alternative for vacationers on a budget, the city's self-catering apartments offer plenty of space and privacy a few minutes' walk from popular bars, shops, and restaurants.
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